11TH VICTIM (TV) (1979 USA)
AKA "The Lakeside Killer"
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Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
Starring: Bess Armstrong, Max Gail, Harold Gould
Genres: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
89 minutes | Full Screen | Color | English
The 11th Victim was partially based on the activities of California's Hillside Strangler. Bess Armstrong stars as a Des Moines TV journalist whose younger sister, an aspiring actress, has entered a life of prostitution in Los Angeles. When the sister becomes the eleventh victim of a sex murderer, Armstrong conducts her own investigation into Hollywood's night world of commercial sex. Max Gail plays a sympathetic cop who tries to save her from becoming a victim herself. The 11th Victim had potential, but was defeated by the usual TV-movie budgetary restrictions and desire to exploit rather than explore a "hot" issue.